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Yola Residents Groan Over Exorbitant Electricity Bills

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Residents of Yola, the Adamawa State capital have protested against what they described as “crazy electricity bills” by Quest Electricity Nigeria Limited.

Reports revealed that the development is coming less than two weeks after Quest Electricity Nigeria Limited took over Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) from the Federal Government.

The Federal Government, through the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) sold the company to Quest Electricity Nigeria Limited at a cost of N19 billion.

Mr Umara Mustapha, the former Managing Director of YEDC, officially handed over it to the new management on Dec. 31, 2021.

The BPE said the new company planned to invest ₦28 billion into the YEDC to improve its operation.

However, Quest Electricity Nigeria limited , after taken over two weeks ago, reportedly increased the electricity tariff by over 100 per cent.

A cross section of Yola residents who spoke to Journalists on Saturday over the new electricity tariff described it as a new method of slavery.

Mr Haruna David, a private Consultant and building engineer based in Yola, said that no civilised society would allow or accept such unexpected spurious charges.

“The new company, Quest Electricity Nigeria limited , after taking over two weeks ago, increased the electricity tariff by over 100 per cent unleashing hardship on Adamawa People.

“I have two bedroom apartment at Karewa area, where on monthly basis I pay a bill of ₦11,736. However, yesterday I was served with a bill of ₦30, 795 naira, ” David said.

He said that it is not possible for him to pay the new tariff.

Mr Muhammed Lawal, a civil servant and resident of Jimeta said he pays ₦11,764 on a monthly basis but that on Friday he was served with a new tariff bill of ₦23,832.

“I was shocked to receive a bill of ₦23,832 as against the normal monthly bill of ₦11,764.

“Though we are aware, during the sales agreement with BPE, that the company would inject about ₦28 billion to improve the operations.

“So, in less than 14 days after taking over from government, the company want to generate ₦28 billion naira through milking poor Nigerians,” Lawal said.

He said that they are mobilising people to reject the ‘ungodly’ charges and at the same time calling on the federal government to look into the situation for immidiate solution.

Mr Hassan Musa, a businessman in Yola, said that the increase in the electricity supply bill was done at a wrong time and with bad intention.

He alleged that electricity company did not buy YEDC to solve the epileptic power problem, but to extort poor Nigerians.

“It is unfortunate that the company, within two weeks of taking over, and laying off about 75 per cent YEDC staff, increased the customer’s monthly bill by over 100 per cent,” Musa said.

Other residents of Jimeta Old market, Shinko, Jambutu in Yola North; Yolde Pate, Wuro Hausa and Hayin Gada in Yola South and Girei LGAs rejected the charges and returned the monthly bills to the company .

The residents directed the company to remove their cables declaring lack of interest in their power supply.

Reacting, Mr Abdullahi Jimeta, a staff of Quest Electricity Nigeria limited, Jimeta District, said that government had already sold YEDC to a private company.

“Customers monthly bills were increased because the Federal Government sold Yola Electricity Distribution Company to a private company, Quest Electricity Nigeria limited.

“And you know, no company operates to lose,”Jimeta said.

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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements

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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria

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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair

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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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